NEW LONDON, Conn.--Rachel Kennedy (Trumbull, Conn.) had a hand in the first three scores, sandwiching a pair of goals around an assist to lead the second ranked Bowdoin College field hockey team to a 4-0 victory at Connecticut College Saturday.
The Polar Bears improve their record to 11-1 with a 7-1 mark in the NESCAC, while the Camels slip to 3-8 with a 1-6 record in conference action.
Bowdoin held a 10-to-0 advantage on shots in the opening half. But the Camel defense was able to hold the visitors off the board until the 24th minute of action.
Emily McColgan (Walpole, Mass.) delivered a hit from the left side of the circle and Kennedy was able to get a stick on it near the right post for a Bowdoin score. With 2:50 remaining in the half, the visitors cashed in on a penalty corner to extend their lead. Katie Riley (Hingham, Mass.) notched her team-leading 31st point of the season when she corralled a loose ball in a scramble out in front of the cage and assisted Kennedy for her second score of the stanza.
The visitors tacked on another goal 2:40 into the second stanza. Kennedy dribbled in with Olivia King in a two-on-one situation versus Connecticut College's junior net-minder Becca Napolitano. Kennedy dished the ball of to King for the score and the Polar Bears were in control with a 3-0 advantage.
The Camels were able to more pressure on the Bowdoin defense. Jen Morgan (Orange, Conn.) made some strong runs at the cage and had one shot while Maggie Schroeder (Fox Point, Wis.) also contributed with a shot.
But Riley added an insurance goal with 14:06 remaining for her 32nd and 33rd point of the season and the Camels could not get on the scoreboard.
The loss did not spoil another strong effort from Napolitano. The junior keeper made 20 saves in the contest.
Bowdoin College junior Hannah Gartner (Reisterstown, Md.) stopped two Camel shots en route to the shutout for the visitors.